Scapin is best known for its collection of hand-crafted Italian road bikes, but recently the company has been working its way into the mountain bike market. Scapin currently offers
three hardtail models, all of which embrace the same lightweight,
race-winning attitude. Scapin was founded in 1957 by Umberto
Scapin, a professional Italian cyclist who later passed the company
on to his sons. Scapin’s Italian heritage has been preserved, and
customers looking to buy a Scapin can rest assured that their new
bike will be backed with a full lifetime warranty.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Scapin Spektro has “race bike” written all over it. It is happiest with an avid cross-country racer aboard powering towards
the finish line. Tight-fitting Lycra is almost a necessity on the
Scapin, and shaved legs are welcomed too. If going hard on every
climb is your goal, then the Spektro is probably the bike for you.
The Italian race bike
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
BIKE TEST / SCAPIN SPEKTRO
Scapin’s Spektro is built with a carbon frame and offers many
modern features. A direct-mount rear caliper provides smooth
braking, and a direct-mount front derailleur prevents the mechanism from sliding or moving out of place. Internal cable routing
gives the Spektro a clean look, and thru-axles front and rear provide riders with a stiff platform.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Cross-country race bikes are all about performance, and the
Spektro was built with an array of high-performance parts. The
RockShox SID fork has a cable remote system that allows riders
to lock out the suspension on the fly, giving riders a stiff platform
for out-of-the-saddle pedaling. Modern high-end race bikes normally use a 1x drivetrain, but the good old 2x system is far from
dead. The 2x XT drivetrain provided our test riders with a wide
gear range to tackle the steepest climbs or pedal down the fastest
descents without spinning out.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setting sag: The RockShox SID RLT is a lightweight and efficient fork that requires quite a bit of air pressure to achieve proper
sag. We filled the air chamber to 110 psi, which provided our
cross-country test riders with 20-percent sag. The low-speed dial
on this fork is very useful and should not be ignored. We found a
few clicks of low speed to be a great way to fine-tune the suspension’s overall feel and prevent the fork from diving in the corners.
Moving out: The Spektro offers a true cross-country feel,